St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

* Christmas Giving Tree
It's time again for the St. John's Christmas giving tree. This is a wonderful way for us to reach out to our other parishioners and our community!
Several groups are represented on our tree:
Seniors-Gold Angels
Boys- Blue Angels
Girls -Pink Angels
Veterans-Silver Angels
Please take an opportunity to give by taking Angels from the Christmas Giving Tree.
All gifts must be turned in to the school office by Dec 7, 2017.
If you have any questions, please call Maureen Taylor at 618-923-1509. Thank You.

* Musical Performance
The musical "Elf Jr." will be presented by students of CJHS and St. John's School at West Frankfort High School in the Paschedag Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 17th at 7:00, Saturday, Nov. 18th and Sunday, Nov. 19th at 2:00. It is directed by our own Kay Levanti. Tickets are available at the door and seating is first come, first served. You don't want to miss this!

No Class on November 21.
Happy Thanksgiving from your RCIA team.
Next class is November 28
Questions: Sr. Laura Reynolds 923-4345

* St. John's School Mega RAFFLE
2 Chances for $50
You could win up to $13,000!
$500 drawings in October, November, and December, 2017
$500, $1,000, and $10,000 drawings in March, 2018
Maximum of 500 tickets sold
Need not be present to win
For tickets, contact the school, (618) 937-2017 or Valarie Haley, (615) 479-0710.

* Baptism Classes
Next Baptism class is Monday, November 20th at St John's School. The second Baptism class will be on Monday, November 27th. Since Baptism is the gateway to the Sacraments, it is important that parents and sponsors attend weekly mass and practice their Catholic faith with true desire for God's grace. To register, please contact Emma Tuthill at (618)982-9204 or e-mail at You must register to attend. If no parents have registered, class will be canceled.

* Vocations
Convent Camino is an opportunity for single women ages 18-40 to visit with Catholic sisters in their houses and convents.
-Discover firsthand how sisters' communities and ministries are making a positive impact in the world today
-Join sisters for prayer
-Get to know sisters and ask them questions
Convent Camino is held December 8-9, 2017 and costs $25. For more information please contact Sr. Priscilla Moreno, RSM (314)703-1933 or

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
6:30 pm
Herrin KC Hall

School News from the Principal

Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21 the Diocese is holding two days of training that all teachers and principals are required to attend. The training is all day. St. John's will not be in session these days. There is also no school the rest of the week for Thanksgiving break. So please mark your calendars with these changes.

Our Christmas Concert is Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 pm in the gym.

We would like to invite everyone that is able to attend the School Mass on Fridays at 8:15 am. Each Friday, the classes take turns in being in charge of the Mass Readings and other duties. The students would love to share this time with each of you. The preschool has not started yet. They will be coming in after the Christmas break.

Please remember that we are collecting Box Tops for Education. Please collect these and send them with your child to turn in to their class. We get $0.10 for each box top collected. It is an easy way to help out the school and students.

We have two easy fundraising activities that you can do that will help out the school. First, if you have a Kroger Card you can designate St. John the Baptist School on the card and the school will receive a percentage of what you purchase. The next activity is an app that you can install on your smartphone. It is called Shop-A-Roo. Once the app is installed all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. Examples are Walmart, Krogers, restaurants, etc.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.